Community News

Posted: Monday, March 08, 2004

Soldotna Elks table tennis results

Brannon Ames and Ray DeBardelaben won the Soldotna Elks Lodge doubles table tennis tournament Wednesday. Steve Carter and Joe Szczesny placed second, and Andy Szczesny and Chuck Winters placed third.

In the singles tournament, Wayne Brooks, Brannon Ames and Steve Carter place first, second and third, respectively. The Soldotna Elks hold table tennis tournaments every Wednesday night beginning at 6:30. For more information, call Ray at 262-7415.

Greco to speak at Solid Rock

The Christian's Women's Club of Kenai-Soldotna will host a Red, White and Blue Evening of dessert and entertainment from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Solid Rock Conference Center. Retired Col. Tom Greco will be the featured speaker.

Greco has held various staff and infantry command positions from platoon to combat task force in Europe, the United States, Southwest Asia and the Republic of Panama. He will describe his time behind enemy lines and his experience in leading an air assault infantry battalion task force in Iraq during Desert Storm.

Greco is the executive pastor for the New Heights Christian Fellowship, a Free Methodist congregation.

An outdoor fashion show, presented by Mike Sweeney, and music by Susan Lockwood also are planned. The public is invited to attend. The cost is $6. Free child care will be provided. For more information, call Carolyn at 262-4214, Linda at 262-4996 or send an e-mail to

Healthy Communities seeking board members

The Healthy Communities-Healthy People steering committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Bridges. It is seeking new board members. For more information, call 260-3800.

Coastal erosion conference planned

The Kachemak Bay Research Reserve and the Kenai River Center are sponsoring a workshop on the Coastal Dynamics on the Western Kenai Peninsula from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 17 at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitors Center.

The workshop will bring together coastal experts from Alaska, the Lower 48 as well as local citizens, policy makers and land managers. Workshop topics will cover land and ocean processes at work on the coast and how humans affect and are effected by the resulting erosion actions. Techniques that other communities have used to deal with similar situations will be discussed. There is no fee. The public is invited to attend.

On March 18, guest experts will meet with officials and staff from the Kenai Peninsula Borough and the cities of Homer and Kenai for a workshop. A discussion of the challenges facing the western peninsula and ways to address them at the city and borough level are planned. The public is welcome to observe the meeting. There will be no public comment taken.

Nikiski Elementary memorabilia wanted

The committee planning the Nikiski Elementary closing ceremonies is seeking memorabilia, pictures and items that people would like to share from the years it has been open. The ceremony is scheduled for May 15.

Items may be dropped off at the school office or leave them with Audrey at the Nikiski Post Office. For more information, call Audrey at 776-5258.

Oilers seek name for mascot

The Peninsula Oilers are holding a contest to name its new mascot. Entries must include the entrants name, phone number, address and e-mail address, also the name submission for the mascot.

If more than one person sends in the winning name, the first person to send in the idea will be considered the winner. The winning entry will receive a prize package worth $500. The drawing will be held May 1. For more information, call 283-7133.

Refuge sponsors bird sightings hot line

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is sponsoring a hot line for rare or interesting bird sightings. Community members are encouraged to call 262-2300 if they have seen a rare bird or are interested in hearing what other bird watchers have seen.

Skyview bands plan concert

The Skyview High School Band and Jazz Band will hold a concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the school's commons. Kent Peterson will conduct. The concert, titled "Music and Civil Rights," will feature music inspired by the Trail of Tears, Rosa Parks and the music of Dmitri Shostakovich, the Russian composer under Joseph Stalin. There is no fee. It is open to the public.

Volunteer of the Year nominations sought

Nominations for First Lady Nancy Murkowski's Volunteer of the Year Award are being accepted through March 15. The award recognizes Alaska citizens who have performed outstanding volunteer service to the state or their communities.

To be eligible the nominee must be an Alaskan or Alaska organization that engages in unpaid volunteer activities within the state, and who demonstrates extraordinary personal commitment to long-term service. They also must have had a significant impact on or brought important benefits to their community or to the state.

Nomination forms can be obtained by writing to Martha Swink, 550 W. Seventh Ave., Suite 1700, Anchorage, AK 99501; by calling (907) 269-4674; by faxing a request to (907) 269-5666 or online at

Volunteers needed for restoration project

The Kenai Watershed Forum is seeking volunteers to help in a large restoration project on the Silver Salmon Creek in Ninilchik. The forum will cut willows in Cooper Landing to be transplanted at the creek. The willow must be cut while in its dormant stage. Interested community members are asked to meet at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the forum's offices at the Blazy Mall to carpool to Cooper Landing. For more information, call Robert or Josselyn at 260-5449.

Submissions for the Community page may be sent in by fax (283-3299) or e-mail: or dropped off at the Clarion at 150 Trading Bay Road in Kenai. For more information, call 283-7551.

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